A new face for Jersey Shore sports hall of famers

By Kristin Newvine

We all remember in high school the famous Hall of Fame where every athlete dreamed of having their picture displayed.

That one hallway displaying every track star, varsity football team captain, and state qualifying swimmer in the school’s history.

Jersey Shore Area High School is no exception, but lately they have run into somewhat of a problem also faced by many other schools. Some of those pictures on display are getting very old. After decades, even in their protective frames, the pictures start to deteriorate and fall apart.

The inks used to print photos in the past tend to fade and some pictures you can’t even see anymore. Some don’t have frames that match their size. Yet another problem is that space is running out in the hallway where the photos are displayed.

Heath Rager’s CAD 2 class came up with a way to fix this growing problem: Televisions.

They plan to fundraise to install four, 42″ televisions on the wall of champions, Rager said.

There are seven students helping right now but they hope to gain more as they go along and plan to get help from some of the business classes at the school for fundraising purposes.

The estimated cost is around $5,000 and they already have raised $1,450 towards the project, Rager said, thanks to donations from Susquehanna Transit, Fred Hamm Disposal and many other organizations.

The televisions are the same you would find in hospitals, nursing homes and other public places so they will stand up to heavy use, Rager explained.

They will either work off of wifi or USB cords the school will install. They have sound capabilities but do not plan to use them.

They will be mounted high on the wall to prevent vandalism, but will be angled downward for better viewing, he said.

The displays will be broken up into spring, fall, winter and current sports on separate televisions along with extracurricular activities and announcements for the student body.

Mr. Rager and his students Kaiden Brungard, Justin Norman, Ryan Huling, Logan Wool, Ashleigh Huff, Adam Campbell and Brad Fuller went to the school board to present their proposal to the board.

The board gave the group approval to move forward with their plans. There was some discussion as to what to do with the existing pictures.

Rager said the students decided that families would have the option first to purchase the individual photos, and coaches would get first chance to purchase team photos.

All remaining photos would be auctioned off through a silent auction, he said.

Anyone is welcome to help with the cost of purchasing the televisions. Checks can be made out to the Jersey Shore Athletic Department, with a notation that the donation is for the Wall of Fame.

Checks may be sent to the athletic office at Jersey Shore Area Senior High School, C/O William Mincer, 701 Cemetery St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740.